Slices

Slicing is among golf's most common faults. Ron Kaspriske offers some exercises that can help you counter the problem in the gym.

Released on 12/9/2014

Credits

Director: Lukas Huffman
Producer: Emoticon Productions
Executive Producer: Harrison Levinson

Transcript

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(upbeat music)
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Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske, fitness editor for Golf Digest,
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and this is Get Golf Fit.
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(rock music)
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Today we're gonna talk about slicing.
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You know, there are a lot of ways to slice a ball,
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but in reality it only happens for one reason.
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If your club face is open at impact in relation
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to the path you're swinging on, you're gonna
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hit that big banana ball out to the right.
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Use two exercises you can do in the gym
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that'll actually get you to close the club face
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through impact and start hitting straighter shots.
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So let's get to it.
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Typically what you see with slices is they make
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a very armsy swing; they lack connection between
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their body and their arms so they can't square
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the club face properly.
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So what we're gonna do is show you a beginner exercise
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that's gonna help maintain that connection
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when you swing through.
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This is my buddy Ryan here,
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this hunk of a guy.
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He's gonna demonstrate a bent-over row using a phisio ball.
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Now if you don't have a phisio ball, you can also use
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a bench, but what's important is that you really plant
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one arm down into that, you wanna push down.
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This engages your scapula, your shoulder blades,
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very important for this exercise.
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When Ryan is in this bent over position
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notice how straight his spine is,
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it's in a real neutral position,
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that's very important.
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So if you can do this, eight to 10 reps,
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then you're gonna flip and do the other side,
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don't forget always do both sides.
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And that's the bent-over row,
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this is your beginner exercise.
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You know a big problem that slicers have
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is that they don't initiate the down swing
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with their lower body.
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Everything sort of moves together
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and they cut across the ball
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and the ball goes off to the right.
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Well this exercise that Ryan is gonna demonstrate
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can help with that.
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It's called the lateral heisman.
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So you notice he starts in an address posture
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with the med ball out in front of him,
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and then as he's rotating toward me with his upper body
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look what his pelvis is doing,
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it's rotating in the opposite direction, right?
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That's that change of direction
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you need at the top of the backswing,
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very important if you wanna get rid of that banana ball.
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So remember, if you wanna cure that slice in the gym,
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shoulder stability and lower body mobility,
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these two exercises will definitely help you with both.
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Go to golfdigest.com for more fitness tips,
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and get golf fit.
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(both laughing)
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